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J. Clif Christopher

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  • God Vs Money Participant Book


    This God vs. Money Participant Guide together with the God vs. Money DVD provide a process for applying key principles from the main book, God vs. Money, in the participants’ own ministry context. This study is for leaders in churches and other ministry settings who have responsibility for capital campaigns, budgets, stewardship, planned giving, and other financial concerns. The typical study groups include finance committees, stewardship teams, foundation boards, and finance-related staff teams. The study is also recommended for continuing education of pastors and other church leaders. A copy of the main book (God vs. Money) is required for each participant and a copy of the DVD is required for each group. Prior to each group session, participants should read a section of the book. Sessions start with a 7-10 minute video from the DVD featuring Clif Christopher. Using the Guide, participants complete a variety of activities focused on application of key points from the prescribed reading, including discussion questions, personal reflection, group problem-solving activities, and other actions. The Guide serves as a workbook, giving each participant a place to record their thoughts and insights from the group, and to plan next steps.

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  • God VS Money


    1. The Realities Of The Situation
    2. The Preacher Must Be The Leader
    3. A Theology Of Giving – Why We Do It
    4. Preach It
    5. Competing Is Not A Dirty Word
    6. Start Now And Don’t Quit
    7. You Have To Have A Budget
    8. Basic Fundraising Principles
    9. Making The Ask
    10. Big Money – Capital Campaigns
    11. Succeeding In A Capital Campaign
    12. Easy Money – Planned Giving
    13. Building, Banking And Bonds

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    God and Money both make a lot of promises. God keeps all of God’s promises, while Money keeps none. However, Money has better advertising, and we keep falling for it. Here’s how to turn that trend around in your life and in the lives of those you lead. Get practical, up-to-date, expert advice on fundraising–one of the biggest challenges facing church and not-for-profit leaders.

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  • Not Your Parents Offering Plate


    A completely revised edition of Christopher’s classic, updated with new material. People don’t give to church because we don’t offer them a compelling vision of the good their giving will achieve. Hearing a young attorney speak of the faithbased reasons for which he had just made a substantial monetary gift to a community youth center, Clif Christopher asked the speaker if he would consider making a similar contribution to the congregation of which he was an active member. “Lord, no they would not know what to do with it” was the answer. That, in a nutshell, describes the problem churches are facing in their stewardship efforts, says Christopher. Unlike leading nonprofit agencies and institutions, we too often fail to convince potential givers that their gifts will have impact and significance. In this book, Christopher lays out the main reasons for this failure to capture the imagination of potential givers, including our frequent failure simply to ask. Written with the needs of pastors and stewardship teams in mind, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate provides immediate, practical guidance to all who seek to help God’s people be better stewards of their resources.

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  • Church Money Manual


    The Church Money Manual is the best resource available for churches seeking better ways to manage finances. Thoughtfully targeting multiple areas, the book features condensed chapters each focusing on a different subject. Subjects range from specific, detailed problems to perennially critical themes churches face in money management and stewardship.

    Some examples of condensed chapters include: A focus on donors and contributors no longer blaming the economy as a hindrance in their giving. Help addressing how to handle a donor who says they will not give unless particular areas are addressed. Outlines some of the most frequent mistakes hindering giving. How to navigate the area when there is a neighboring Christian university or college. An understanding of why pastors need giving to be good spiritual doctors just as medical professionals need diagnostics to be good physical doctors. Spotlighting what churches should be doing to help giving at the end of the year.

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  • Rich Church Poor Church


    Does your church have the necessary funds to do ministry?

    In Dr. J. Clif Christopher’s nearly forty years in ministry as a pastor and president of Horizons Stewardship Company, he has witnessed the financial stewardship practices of thousands of churches. A few have exceptional records in acquiring and managing the necessary funds for mission and ministry, but the vast majority struggle every year to get by.

    In this important new work made even more relevant by the state of the current economy, Christopher contrasts the traits of the most productive congregations with those that perennially fail to secure the funds to perform transformational ministry. Some churches practice the necessary financial habits that form the foundation of successful ministry, while others waste valuable resources and undermine ministry opportunities.

    Through Christiopher’s insight born out of years of experience and consultation, readers can assess the financial condition of their own churches.

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  • Whose Offering Plate Is It


    In Not Your Parents Offering Plate, Clif Christopher challenged churches and pastors to take a lesson from the leaders of not-for-profit organizations: if you want people to give to your church, first offer them a compelling vision of the good that their giving will accomplish. The book encouraged an entire culture change for many in the Christian community in how they viewed the offering plate. It also unleashed a barrage of questions on specifically now one goes about creating this new culture while maintaining the foundations of their faith tradition and essence of their mission.

    In this sequel Christopher responds to these questions in the same forthright manner that he originally laid forth his propositions. He offers simple, strategic advise on such difficult questions as:

    $ “Exactly how to I go about gaining access to the donor records when my church has prohibited it for a hundred years?”
    $ “How do I explain a meeting with just those who are strong givers without alienating those who are not?”
    $ “How can we advocate online giving without encouraging some to abuse their credit cards?”
    $ “What should letters to different giving constituencies look like?”

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